Beastie New Year, Everybody!

Hey there Beastie friends! And a very happy new year to you from all of us here at Beastie Towers!
Beastie New Year 2019! CrawCrafts Beasties
2019 has barely begun, but we’re already super-excited at the prospect of a fresh shiny new year, all crammed with possibilities! And, looking back, 2018 was a pretty awesome twelve months.

For starters, it was my first full year of not having a part-time job to prop up my monster-making habit. And while that was occasionally terrifying (because I’m a sucker for luxuries like food and shelter), I was lucky enough to have a few alternative means of making ends meet thrown my way.

Top among these was starting to teach knitting classes in my local yarn emporium, The Constant Knitter. How cool is that? I’ve met some great people along the way… And watching them progress from learning the first steps to becoming the kind of hardcore knitting addicts who sit up half the night to finish a project has to be one of the best feelings in the world!
Knitter Barróg Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

I also gave some new Beastie-based projects a go too… The biggest leap here was the framed Beastie family I made at the beginning of the summer.
A Beastie Family Portrait Frame - CrawCrafts BeastiesWow, talk about a learning curve! But totally worth it… And now that I’ve done one, I’m definitely up for taking on more projects like this!

Then, later in the year, the surprise hit of the Christmas market season – Kitty tree decorations!
Tree Ornaments in Box - Cat Tree Decorations - CrawCrafts BeasI made these to tempt the attendees of the Dublin Cat Fair back in November, and thanks to a shout-out from the organisers on Facebook before the event, they sold out! From then on, I could barely keep up with demand, even when I was frantically making more behind my table on market days! I’ll definitely be adding these to my festive lineup for 2019.

But I believe I promised you new Beasties in this post, so new Beasties you shall have! The pre-Christmas rush usually sees some fresh Beastie faces gracing my market stall, and they don’t always get the attention they deserve. So, without further ado…

Watermelon Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties
First up is Watermelon Beastie! I had noticed that Beasties tend to embrace the less-than-healthy end of the dietary spectrum, so Watermelon Beastie is here to help balance that out a little. And their pink and green colouring so nicely complements that slab of delicious juicy melon, don’t you think? Look out for more fruit’n’veg munching monsters in the new year!

But those of you with a sweet tooth can rest assured that Beasties are still happy to share your favourite treats with you. Cookie Beasties and Doughnut Beasties were as popular as ever in 2018!
Sweetie Beasties - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd my All-Irish Beasties were still happy to down a tipple or two… Tea, anyone? Or would you maybe prefer a pint of the Black Stuff?
Tae Beastie and Pint Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties

Meanwhile, others decided that the most important thing was to stay toasty – cosy sweaters and tweed scarves ahoy!Cosy Irish Beasties - CrawCrafts BeastiesI also brought along a new Unicorn Beastie… It didn’t take them long to find a home!
Unicorn Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd finally… Some of you might recognise this woolly little monster face from Paddy’s Christmas tale last week. Yes, a Christmas market lineup wouldn’t be complete without…
Santa Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties… SANTA BEASTIE!

Phew! There were a few more there than I bargained for, so I suppose we’ll have to tackle the first of the Christmas commissions next week. In the meantime, thank you all SO MUCH for hanging out with us in 2018, and a very Beastie new year to you all!

Oh, and if your life isn’t Beastie-ful enough already, don’t forget that our 2019 downloadable Beastie calendar is available now!
Beastie 2019 Calendar title page - CrawCrafts BeastiesCatch you next Tuesday!


29 thoughts on “Beastie New Year, Everybody!

  1. All the best for your new ventures. Would love to be able to join your knitting classes.
    I must confess that I have fallen in love with Santa Beastie. He has such a beautiful complexion!

    1. Heehee! Thanks, Mariss! And yes, I think Santa Beastie’s sweet little blue face really sets off his cheery red outfit too… Although I did have lots of people at markets asking me why Santa was blue! (I said it’s because it’s cold up at the North Pole 😉)
      All the best for 2019!

    1. Thanks, Catherine! Hope 2019 is good to you too, and perhaps a little less eventful than last year as well!

    1. Haha! Yes, eating watermelon in the dead of winter is a bit of a hard sell, isn’t it? Mind you, it didn’t seem to bother Watermelon Beastie…
      As for those cats, I think I can forgive them for muscling in on the Beasties’ market turf! Apparently I have embraced my inner cat lady in 2018. 😹
      Happy new year to you all, Tammie!

  2. What a lovely year-end review! All spectacular, and watermelon Beastie is sporting one of my fave colour combos. Oh, I must not forget to get myself a calendar this year, too (after 2018, 2019 would not be complete without one). Happy New Year, Helen – to another year in the monster-making life! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Shirley! I hope you like this year’s calendar setup. My two are already earning their keep 😁 And isn’t pale pink and green a great combination? You’d almost believe spring is on the way! All the best for 2018… I can’t wait to see where the new year takes you 😊

      1. Thank you, Helen! The 2019 calendar is superb (nice to see a little parrot friend make an appearance in July!). I can’t wait to get to the library and print this out (I may need multiples, too!). 😊

        1. Yaaaay! Thanks for picking up a copy (or seven)! I hope it helps keep you on track for the year 😊

  3. Happy New Year, I hope it will be as successful as the last … or even more. More is more, right?. 🙂

    I think these kitty Christmas tree ornaments are the bomb! ❤ Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a whole tree full of these?!

    1. Yay! Happy 2019, Ivonne! I hope you enjoyed the Christmas break. And funny enough, someone DID ask me about getting a whole treeful of kitties for next year! She runs a cattery, so it would be kinda perfect! 😸
      Aaaand all the best to you and yours for the new year! I can’t wait to see what your crocheted creatures get up to next!

  4. The kitties are exceptional – if I saw them at a craft fair I would have immediately purchased as many as I could afford! Santa Beastie!!! Too awesome. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

    1. Same to you, Tierney! I’m planning to introduce puppy decorations this year too, after the runaway success of the kitties… Your comment has me wondering if a miniature Schnauzer might be possible! 🤔 I hope 2019 brings only good things your way 😊

  5. Wowowow what a year you had!!! It really is overwhelming to see some (not even all!) of the fruits of your labour in one post! There’s so much to love…. and Watermelon Beastie has me actually wishing for summer! Happy (super belated, I suck) New Year to you all your friends at Beastie Towers!!!! ❤

    1. Happy new year, Weekes! I still feel a bit like I’m hibernating, so it’s not belated at all 😆 Maybe if I make another Watermelon Beastie, summer will get here sooner? Cheers for popping by!

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